Julia Stiller is a driven data analyst with experience optimizing clinical workflows and interpreting collaborative data to seek solutions at a comprehensive scale. Her impressive knowledge, organization, and personable nature make her job assisting her customers through numbers a breeze.
How did you first get started in data analytics? What interested you?
Ever since I was little, I knew I wanted to do something with math for my career, and I knew I needed numbers in my life. I can remember in third grade learning multiplication tables and thinking, “This is what I need to do.” I knew in college I was going to be a math major, and I did some research on differential equations, but ended up doing my thesis on quarterback statistics in football. I basically used R to look at data for football. I knew I really enjoyed statistics and data, so once I graduated, I started looking at data analysis roles initially in the sports industry. Data is the future, and it’s such a growing field.
Why did you come to Mobile Heartbeat?
I knew I wanted to be in the Boston area, and I knew I needed numbers and data. When I interviewed with Mobile Heartbeat, I liked that healthcare was not something I had been involved in yet. I knew that it would be a great learning opportunity. I would still be working with numbers, and I really enjoyed talking with every employee during my interviews. It felt like a good fit.
What are you most excited to be working on right now?
I am super excited about Banyan. I have been doing so much work on Azure—taking trainings and joining Microsoft-hosted trainings, too. I have been working really closely with Chris Sego, our cloud architect, and he is awesome. He is another person who has a great personality, he is really smart, and knows exactly what he’s doing. It has been very fun to work with him. We have been going over the cloud architecture and plan of the next events coming with Banyan.
I had done a proof of concept back in the spring. We did a Hackathon with Microsoft, and I built out a proof of concept using our Custom Caller ID data using Azure resources. I am really excited to finally start working with actual Banyan data.
Explain a typical day in the data analysis life.
I don’t know if there is a typical day! I never really know what’s going to happen. Most days, I join various meetings with a lot of different teams. I work with pretty much every professional services team. It is usually related to customers and different events they have going on, sometimes about their go-live data. My day is usually related to customer data, but sometimes it’s internal, too. For example, marketing might ask me for data for their different informational documents.
I also had an intern start back in June, and we have been working on updating everything and getting all of our resources up to speed, automating things, or upgrading codes or documentation.
Describe your experience as a woman in your industry.
It is not the easiest, and I have encountered people who don’t take me seriously. Luckily the Mobile Heartbeat chapter of Women in Technology has been a really great support system. I try to see the value of myself being a woman in this industry. I try to focus on the fact that I am making waves and opening doors for people after me.
What are your favorite parts of your WiT involvement?
It is a really great support system to have. This past year, especially being part of the MH-WiT leadership team, I have been able to collaborate with the larger company on a few different efforts. I like having more of a say in events, reaching out to people, and trying to get other people involved, helping to create that environment that is supportive within WiT. We support women, but we also try to create the supportive environment for the broader company. It is really about being consciously inclusive.
How do you see your work making a difference?
Because our app is used in clinical settings, the data we generate is happening in real time with clinicians. The hope is that we can help with optimizing workflows and troubleshooting efforts. With Banyan, there’ll be more real-time data usage to monitor our systems, answering questions customers have about integrations, and the best methods of communication within a facility.
What is your favorite part about the work you do?
I really enjoy working with people, and my passion is working with numbers, so I love being able to combine the two. Working with our internal teams and our customer teams, asking what they need to see in their data and what datasets they are interested in looking at. I get the personal interaction, but I can also nerd out and look at numbers and coding.